New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1924. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 759 pp. Very Good. Item #13010587
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an eminent American writer, humourist, and lecturer, known for such books as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Twain dictated his autobiography and because of this, rather than a typical autobiography, it is a collection of discursive anecdotes and reminiscences; it was left in manuscript form at his death. Although Mark Twain indicated he wanted his autobiography to be published one hundred years after his death, his friend and literary executor at the time, Albert Bigelow Paine, apparently felt differently, as this set was initially published in 1924, a mere fourteen years after Twain's death.
This two-volume set is an early reprint of the first edition, printed two months after the first printing, with the code "K-Y" from Harper & Brothers Publishing on the copyright page.
___DESCRIPTION: Full navy blue cloth with dark blue ruled borders on the front board, gilt lettering on the front boards and spines, top edges gilt, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, title pages in red and black, volume I frontispiece of a black-and-white photograph with tissue guard of Mark Twain in his home in New York in 1906, volume II frontispiece of a black-and-white photograph with tissue guard of Mark Twain dictating his autobiography in New Hampshire in 1906; octavo size (9.5" by 6.5"), pagination: Volume I: [i-vi] vii-xvi [1-2] 3-368; Volume II: [i-viii] 1-365 [366-367] (advertisements). Prior owner bookplates on the front paste-down endpapers in both volumes "Library of Jno. S. Niles".
___CONDITION: Volumes are very good. Volume I has a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some minor soiling to the boards, some rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards and the corners, and to the head and tail of the spine, spine is slightly sunned, top corners are bumped, and there is some foxing to the front and back endpapers. Volume II has a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some minor soiling to the boards, some rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards and the corners, and to the head and tail of the spine, spine is slightly sunned, bottom corners are bumped, some foxing to the front and back endpapers, and a few gutters are beginning to crack, but text block still strong. The only prior owner markings that we see in both volumes are the bookplates mentioned above. Lacks the dust jackets and slipcase.
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